Also found in: Wikipedia.


Having the intention or power to bring about salvation or redemption: "the doctrine that only a perfect male form can incarnate God fully and be salvific" (Rita N. Brock).

[Late Latin salvificus : Latin salvus, safe; see safe + Latin -ficus, -fic.]

sal·vif′i·cal·ly adv.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(sælˈvɪfɪk) or


obsolete acting to save; saving
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.salvific - pertaining to the power of salvation or redemption
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
It turned out to be a cleansing, and even a salvific, experience.
At stake is no less than the salvific, life-giving encounter with God and His Son Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus teaches that our sufferings can be salvific. We can receive healing by participating at the Eucharist that celebrates God's love, healing, forgiveness, and blessings.
The second position is that points of contact do exist and should be considered positive realities because they bestow upon the other religions some salvific quality.
His topics include the conception of Jesus: the salvific act of the incarnation, the baptism and temptation of Jesus, Jesus' prophetic salvific acts: promulgating the law of the Kingdom of Heaven, Peter's profession of faith and the transfiguration, the anointing of Jesus and the Last Supper, and Jesus' resurrection and ascension.
Like Augustine, he understood sacraments as God's drawing humanity into a salvific communion through things humans might understand.
Several similar New Testament passages give meaning to the crucifixion of Jesus by tracing it to the Father's salvific plans for the world.
The four articles in Part 2 cover topics such as narratives related to the discovery of relics and the translations of relics and their salvific powers, as well as close scrutiny of sources and documents related to Roman relics.
The Joy of Religious Pluralism is, in large part, a response to the congregation's assertion that Being Religious Interreligiously "is in open contrast with almost all the teachings of Dominus Iesus," the 2000 Vatican declaration on the "unicity and salvific universality of Jesus Christ and the church."
Further, Varkey insists that, as a consequence of this theology of continuity, Jesus' death on the cross represents just one of the many ways in which the Gospel presents God's salvific deeds.
Rensi's philosophical thought and works (Interiora rerum, 1924), Comparini maintains, may be original milieu through which the need for a salvific interlocutor (the dialogic 'tu' or visiting angel) would have been conceived as a necessity pre-existing Montale's poetic texts.